Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Huddersfield vs Chelsea, Premier League: team news, injuries and suspensions


What is it?
This is the Premier League match between Huddersfield and Chelsea – 12th against third.

When is it?
The match takes place on Tuesday 12 December, 2017.

What time is kick-off?
It will begin at 8pm.

What TV channel is it on?
The match will be shown on BT Sport 1.

What is the team news?

Rajiv van La Parra will return to contention for the match. Van La Parra has served a three-game ban following his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Manchester City and head coach David Wagner must decide whether the winger will start.

Wagner has no new injury or suspension worries after Saturday’s home win against Brighton, while defender Michael Hefele returned to full training on Sunday following an Achilles injury. Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer is ineligible.

Provisional squad: Lossl, Coleman, Malone, Cranie, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Smith, Lowe, Williams, Whitehead, Hogg, Mooy, Ince, Kachunga, Van La Parra, Quaner, Depoitre, Mounie.


Striker Alvaro Morata will miss the clash at Huddersfield through fatigue and a back issue.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is poised to rotate his options as he seeks an immediate response to the loss at West Ham, but Morata is not available.

Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could also be rested after his half-time substitution at the London Stadium, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater (illness) and defender David Luiz (knee) could come into contention, with both being monitored.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Eduardo, Ampadu.

What are they saying?
David Wagner, Huddersfield manager:

I would take an ugly set-piece goal if it settles the match in our favour. I will take everything against a team like Chelsea. We have to be on a top performance. We cannot give one easy chance away.

We have to avoid unforced errors and have to be at our top level and then we will see how this team works. It’s a little bit like a cup tie.

Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager:

I’m not happy because the last game we lost against West Ham. I like to win. When we lose I’m not happy. In 16 games we lost four games. My experience tells (me) it’s impossible to win the title.

Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple. We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League.

(But) we must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous. We have to go game by game, play every game with 120 per cent of our strength, otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season.

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